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The Mating Song

by The Holy Gasp

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A song about consensual but complicated fucking.

Video at: youtu.be/KEZATZkt5-g

"The Holy Gasp have quickly become a best-kept secret in the Toronto music scene; Hackman’s unwavering energy and eccentric songwriting is nothing short of captivating." - DUSTY ORGAN

"The Mating Song is a powerful soundscape... with some superb vocal and instrumental performances." - EXPLODING HEAD SYNDROME

"...Hackman sings with a feral shriek that'll immediately bring Tom Waits or Man Man's Honus Honus to mind. It's all oddly enticing, but where the track really hits its stride is in the chorus. The harsh and primitive pummels transform into a boisterous bluesy jazz swing with a saxophone triumphantly howling away like it's the last day of Mardi Gras." - INDIE SHUFFLE

"...this band is not about making you feel comfortable and that’s what makes them so great." -GRAYOWL POINT



If I’m the wasp
Then you’re the fig
If you’re the potting soil
I can dig
You be the skin
I’ll be the tick
You bring the thistle
I’ll bring the prick

I think you’re groovy
I think you’re great
Come on now pretty mamma let’s mate

I’ll be the candle
You be the cake
Gimme me your two vanilla scoops
I’ll make ya shake
You shout “Our Father”
I’ll shout “Amen”
You lay the carpet
I’ll make the stain

I love your dimples
I love your chin
Come on now pretty mamma will you let me stick it in?

If I hurt you
I never meant it
I’ll put what ails you in a jar
And I’ll ferment it
You want a lyric?
Hell I’ll compose it
I’ll sing your sorrow to the earth
And decompose it

For there’s a shame over me
Hovering high up above
This can’t be what the kiddies on the streets are calling love


released January 21, 2016
Words & music by Benjamin Hackman (SOCAN)
Produced by Benjamin Hackman
Recorded & Engineered by Matt DeMatteo and Iva Valent
Mixed by Matt DeMatteo
Cover art & photography by Margarita Osipian

Benjamin Hackman - vocals, percussion
Sebastian Shinwell - electric guitar, vocals
Mr. Professional - kit, vocals
Christopher Weatherstone - alto sex [sic.], vocals
James "Chatty" McEleney - non-sideways bass


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